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Luggage and bags: Wished I brought a waterproof haversack when I was here. It could have offered protection for my clothing during the wet 2.5 hr journey by boat there.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: ->Bring lots of sleeveless, breathable cotton tops if possible. You'll be sweating buckets in this humid jungle sauna.
->Good long treking pants made of washable material. This will ward off scratches from tree branches and bat droppings can be washed away in a jiffy
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: ->Mossie Repellants a must! Not only do they ward off mozzies, they repel worms and leeches as well.
->Salt, Lighter to ward off Leeches
->Moisturiser / Sunscreen SPF of at least 15
->Cold Medication, I gave some to my friends after a night walk wrecked them with sneezes
->Diarohhea medication for upset tummies. The water ain't too clean here so it's better to bring these
Photo Equipment: A "marine pack" ( underwater casing ) for your camera when you're doing the rapids or skinny dipping in a waterfall.
Miscellaneous: Bring a bandana along, perspiration can really irritate your eyes when you're climbing.
Updated Dec 22, 2005
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bring good hiking shoes when you're in Taman Negara because slippers DO NOT offer sufficient protection, even if they are branded TEVAs. Why? Well, your feet will be exposed to lots of blood-lovin' pests called mosquitoes and leeches and the terrain there is bloody awful. Expect broken bridges, staircases, etc due to restless elephants.
Photonote: Shown in picture, Trail Running Shoes by Nike
Updated Dec 22, 2005
Luggage and bags: A daypack with room for water, more water, bug repellent, camera, sweat towels.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Hiking boots. Lots of socks. Don't plan on handwashing clothing as it won't dry out. Just bring enough along to change often.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Insect repellent. Baygon (a.k.a. anti-leech spray). Antihisimines if you're an allergic type. Sting-ease for bites.
Photo Equipment: Yep.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: You can rent anything you need, including bed rolls, packs, camp stoves, and tents at the park headquarters or at one of the floating backpacker outposts just across the river.
Miscellaneous: It rains a lot there, so you might want some travel games, cards, reading material for times when it's so soggy you don't want to be out tempting the leeches.
Updated Jun 9, 2003
Luggage and bags: - many ziploc bags to stow away every item in your waistpouch so you can bring along your passport & wallet even when white river rafting
- extra plastic bags (large) to contain wet clothing. clothing won't dry completely in damp rainforests!
- "Box It" (brand) handphone case. It's waterproof!
Photo Equipment: - good to invest in a water-resistant plastic casing. It rains too often in rainforests.
- as long as you're bringing in a camera into Taman Negara, you'd need a license, and it costs 5 ringgit per camera.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: - trekking sandals with velcro fasteners (never floppies!) with good traction and grip - easier to clean dirt off than hiking boots.
- rainhat e.g. OR's Sombrero (brand) hat. Lighter and takes up less space than a set of waterproofs.
Miscellaneous: - mining torch (worn on head). Free your hands for support to climb hills after sunset.
- "Repel 100" (brand) touted to be the most effective leech (and insect) repellant. Worked against leeches on some friends but not me, good to have around just in case though.
- an old toothbrush or two, to scrape off excess mud and stubborn debris from boots under running water
- handy packets (DIY sealed plastic bags with tiny holes pricked) of silica gel, and inserted into larger ziploc bags, for essentials that need quick drying out in emergencies
Updated Nov 18, 2003
Luggage and bags: Light Knapsack - for change of clothing & Bottle of Water.
Some small change - for boat rides across the river or to buy a light meal.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Old Sports shoes - (not your best pair !)
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: For leeches - leech bites itch like crazy. To get a clinging/sucking leech of from your body, pour some salt over it, or burn it off with a lighted cigarette. Don't pull it off midway, or the bleeding will not stop for a while.
Miscellaneous: Mosquito repellent and sunblock. I use Kaps, a type of herbal insect repellent and it worked quite well. For sunblock, I prefer a minimum 45 SPF which you need to refresh every one to two hours for maximum effect.
Written Jun 1, 2005
Luggage and bags: A backpack size 50-70, average weight 20kgs each person for 6 days. (Unless you want to hire porters to carry your bags)
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bring your worn-out t-shirt and dirty short or long pants because you don't want to keep them after the climb. These items above are only for day time hiking use and they are unchanged until the last day which means you only carry the weight of one junk t-shirt, one short or long hiking pants and socks.
Another lightweight t-shirt and lightweight pants are needed for after bath wear. These two items must be kept clean and dry inside 2 layers of big plastic bags.
Rain jacket is a must, very important and very useful but make sure you buy the lightweight rain jacket.
Lightweight sleeping jacket is also a must for the night at the peak is very cold. So please bring a long sleeves lightweight jacket for a good sleep together with long sleeping pants and a pair of socks for sleeping as well. These 2 items are only for night use, not for day use. Make sure you wrap them up with your plastic bag at least 2 layers to prevent from wet or in case your backpack fallen into river.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring only a toothbrush and a toothpaste as lightweight as possible, don't bring a huge tube of toothepaste. Bring a soap or a small bottle of body shampoo. All these toiletries items must be separated from others in a special plastic bag.
Photo Equipment: Lightweight camera, you will regret if you carry a heavy camera.
Foods for 6 days or 7 days must be well arranged beforehand. If your team have climbers all able to jog 30 minutes non-stop or more, you can rest assure to pack a 6-day foods. If your team has climbers barely able to jog 25 minutes or even less, you must pack foods for 7 days. This is how you pack foods.
You need to have many small size plastic bags to individually pack your foods, for instance you pack rice into 6 small bags so that each day you use one bag. Do this to all other foods as well. Pack all your foods into 6 packs so that its easier for you to cook especially when the time you are about to start to cook, the rain comes in a sudden.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Camping tent is the most important item of all. Climbers must always have one extra space to keep your stuff when heavy rains. This one extra space is either you bring a 3-person's tent when you have two climbers, so that you have extra spaces for those items your bring. This is very important, no joke.
Miscellaneous: Small Parang (optional), mosquito coil, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, ground sheet (optional), first-aid kits, insect repellant, lighter and matches, fire starter, pocket knife or multi-tool, water purifying tablets, stove and fuel, water containers and bottles, small lantern, long-burning candles (very important), garbage bags, lightweight poncho, hat with a brim.
Cookware: Spoons, forks, small knife for cooking, lightweight cups and lids, plastic plates. Rice cooking urn and water boiling kettle (lightweight).
Instant noodles, Instant pasta, tea bags, 3in1 coffee, biscuit mix, sweats, chocolate bars, etc.
Glove, sunscreen and sunburn lotion, skin lotion, blister protection etc.
Updated Nov 26, 2004
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bring shoes that you don't mind getting wet & dirty with. Yet, hardy enough for the hikes/walks over rocks/caves/slopes.
Photo Equipment: casing for the cameras... even boat rides can get quite wet with all the splashing!
Miscellaneous: Torchlight... necessary.
Written Oct 3, 2005
Luggage and bags: a decent, rugged daypack with some degree of water resistance (or some waterproof covering) should suffice
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: A good pair of hiking shoes would be ideal. Otherwise, a decent pair of worn-in sneakers that you don't mind trashing somewhat should do the job. Also, a pair of flips for beach landings deeper in the forest and using the shower/toilet.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: MOSQUITO REPELLENT
first aid kit (disinfectant, plasters, etc.)
Photo Equipment: Camera is definitely worth bringing. If you have it, a waterproof case, perhaps?
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: sleeping bag (if you plan to stay in a hide or cave), swim-wear, long sleeve shir t and pants (for wandering around at night), clothes you don't mind getting covered in bat poo, torch (flashlight) for caving and walking at night.
Miscellaneous: Salt or lighter (for detaching leeches)
Written Jun 13, 2005
Miscellaneous: Please note you will have to pay license fees to use the following equipment in Taman Negara, which can be done on the day of your travels, regardless of whether you actually use them:
- per camera (video, film, digital)
- fishing equipment
At the present moment, Kuala Koh does not impose a license fee for fishing rods & equipment. All other destinations within Taman Negara do.
Written Dec 22, 2003
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Light cotton tops, long pants, raincoat, strudy walking or hiking boots.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Insect repellent, salt (leaches)
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: A tent, sleeping bag if you're planning to camp. Camping fee is Rm1.00 per person per day.
Written Jun 24, 2004